Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    21 / 12 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Life & Culture

Experts divided over benefits of lip balm in cold weather

By Wang Shutong  (Global Times)

08:34, October 18, 2012

Experts warn against over-use of lip balm.(File Photo)

Beijing's autumn has arrived in its usual abrupt fashion, and with it the air is already feeling very dry and cold. This spells trouble for our skin, not least the skin on our lips, which is perhaps the thinnest and most fragile on the whole body.

But what is bad for us is good for others, namely those who stock and sell lip balm. Right now this industry is booming and will continue to profit until next spring.
There are various types of lip balm on sale at stores and supermarkets, all claiming that they can provide protection to keep dehydration at bay.

However, sometimes using a lip balm can do more harm than good.

As the winter approaches, Lifestyle decided to relay some advice on choosing and using lip balm from skin care experts.

According to Shu Chang, a dermatologist from the dermatology department of Peking Union Medical College Hospital, people should think twice before deciding whether lip balm is needed. There are dozens of types of lip balms, some of them are fruit-flavored, some of them add color to lips, but as fun as they appear, using them might be less so. This is especially the case for allergy sufferers.

"If you have a medical record of allergies then you need to avoid using lip balms that have odor or colors in them," Shu explained.

Duan Xingwu from Dongzhimen Hospital Affiliated to Beijing University of Chinese Medicine agreed with Shu that people should choose transparent ones. He also mentioned that they should visit a dermatologist if their lips are swollen. "It is OK to use lip balm when your lips are chapped, but you need to stop using it immediately if your lips become inflamed," Duan noted.

Using lip balm and wearing a mask when it is windy can protect your lips, but this needs to be part of wider efforts to protect skin during the winter. Another crucial element, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is to focus on the body from inside by drinking plenty of water.

Duan also suggested that if people want to protect their skin, they need to stay "dirty" to some extent. "During the summer, we usually take a bath every day but in the autumn, it is suggested that one only takes a bath two or three times a week since by cleaning the body, one also cleans the grease that protects the skin," Duan said, continuing, "Using less body wash can also protect your skin from dehydration."

Men should definitely exercise caution when it comes to lip balm. While most lip balms are designed for and target women, over the past few years lip balms for men have hit the market, which is good news for all the "metrosexuals" who care about their appearance.

However, according to Shu, there is no need for men to wear lip balm, since hormones occurring naturally in them will produce the correct protection for their lips.

"Male hormones can help skin to generate grease, which can offer protection for lips. Compared to women, men's lips are relatively immune to dehydration," Shu said. "But when they are past 45 years old, these hormone levels start to drop and so they might need lip balm then," he noted.

Shu also said that the situation varies depending on different people. "If it is windy and they are working outside, then men should use lip balm to offer extra protection."

So lip balms are not all bad, they are just not for everyone in every occasion.

Recommendations:
News we recommend

Odds

Travel

Sports

Special for moms and moms-to-be

Top 10 most expensive divorces in China

No gold medal in literature

CNNGo lists world’s best Chinatowns

Is 'China First Kiss' ugly?

Global hit 'Gangnam Style' triger debates


Email|Print|Comments(Editor:高奕楠、叶欣)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. 'Gangnam Style' dances ease pressure

  2. Fighters conduct training

  3. Unforgettable moments you can't miss in Oct.

  4. Exhibition marking 60th anniversary of NUAA

  5. Crazy BMW car plunges into river

  6. Sany's bid to usurp Caterpillar

  7. Asia's 1st rare Leica camera auction announced

  8. Actresses of Legend of Zhen Huan

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. 2nd US debate sees candidates flex China muscle
  2. Abe's visit to shrine to dent China-Japan ties
  3. China, Japan and S. Korea must eye the best
  4. Editorial: Addressing the wealth gap
  5. 'Do the right things' for the economy
  6. Obama outperforms Romney in 2nd debate
  7. Commentary: Japan's propaganda war on Diaoyu
  8. To Put political label on Chinese investors unfair
  9. Tokyo's war crime recognition crucial
  10. China bashing: Shame on American politics

What’s happening in China

Beijing's first govt shelter for abuse

  1. China establishes fire-protection engineer system
  2. Self-made caricaturist draws life of migrants
  3. Most overseas returnees pick jobs at private firms
  4. Beijing's biggest transport hub gears up for action
  5. Cops blamed for death as crowds riot